Family Fishing Opportunities in Massachusetts

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Jordan Pond Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your family in the great outdoors and learn a new skill or brush up on your technique? Try a free fishing clinic or family fishing festival near you! MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program has teamed up with other agencies, municipalities, organizations and businesses to provide free fishing opportunities and loaner equipment for beginning anglers of all ages. Fishing events for the month of May are below. Go to www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/aep/aep_calendar.htm  for an updated listing of fishing events.

May 9 – Coe’s Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester–On the shores of Coe’s Pond, cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment from 8:00 – 11:00am.This kid-friendly event is sponsored by the Worcester Fish & Game Association. For more information, contact Mike Moss at (508) 865-4828.

May 16 — Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlborough–This event is open to disabled veterans only. On the shores of the Marlboro Fish & Game Associations’ club pond from 10:00 – 2:00pm, cast a line and learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. The Massachusetts Angler Education Program is participating in this event in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Association. Contact Jim Lagacy, Program Coordinator, for more details at (508) 389-6309 or jim [dot] lagacy [at] state [dot] ma [dot] us.

May 16 — Burlington Family Fishing Festival, Burlington–This event is open to Burlington residents only from 9:00 am- 1:00pm. The Massachusetts Angler Education Program is participating in this event in cooperation with the Burlington Recreation Department. For more information, contact the Burlington Recreation Department at (781) 270-1695.

May 17 — Five Mile Pond Family Fishing Festival, Springfield–On the shores of Five Mile Pond, cast a line and learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. MassWildlife is participating in this event in cooperation with the Pine Point Community Council and the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department at Five Mile Pond, 9:00 – 2:00pm. Contact Jim Lagacy, Program Coordinator, for more details at (508) 389-6309 or email him at jim [dot] lagacy [at] state [dot] ma [dot] us.

May 27 — Accessible Fishing Clinic, Gardner–Open to both novice and veteran anglers of all abilities and ages, this clinic will take place at Dunn Pond State Park, a handicapped accessible park from 9:00am – Noon. MassWildlife is participating in this event in cooperation with the Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Universal Access Program. Contact Jim Lagacy, Program Coordinator for more details at (508) 389-6309 or email him at jim [dot] lagacy [at] state [dot] ma [dot] us.

May 30 — Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls. This fun-filled family event includes the opportunity to visit a fish ladder used by anadromous (migrating) fish, tying your own fly, casting fly-lines and spin-casting practice, as well as dropping a line in the Connecticut River at Barton Cove from 10:00am – 2:00pm. MassWildlife is participating in this event in cooperation with the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Contact Sarah Bevilacqua at (413) 863-3676.

May 30 — Jordan Pond Fishing Clinic, Shrewsbury — On the shores of Jordan Pond, cast a line, and  learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment from 9 am – Noon. MassWildlife is partnering with the Shrewsbury Department of Parks and Recreation. The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact Gary Grindle at ggrindle [at] th [dot] ci [dot] shrewsbury [dot] ma [dot] us or call him at (508) 841-8339.